It seems as if all is back to normal in the SoCon as the Furman Lady Paladins are once again on top of the conference.
Furman dominated play on the course and the awards off the course as they won their 14th SoCon women’s golf championship.
The tournament was played at Savannah Quarters Golf Club.
“It was really exciting to see this team compete at such a high level this week,” said Kelley Hester, Furman’s golf coach. “They have had an outstanding year already with three tournament wins coming into the SoCon Championship,” she noted.
The Lady Paladins won the team title by 22 strokes over he defending champions from Chattanooga. Furman was 6-under par for the 54 hole event setting a new record with a 858 team total.
The fourth win of the season earns Furman an official invitation to the NCAA Regionals as the SoCon champion.
“We would have advanced to the NCAA regionals regardless, but it is truly the icing on the cake to win and do so dominantly. This week was a great team effort with everyone contributing and all five players finishing in the top 17,” said Hester.
While the team title never seemed in doubt as the Lady Paladins took command of the tournament very early, the individual championship was up for grabs into the final round.
Freshman Alice Chen shared the first round lead with Hannah Mae Deems of Mercer. Each golfer shot a 2-under par 70.
In the second round Chen maintained the top spot, but shared it with her teammate Taylor Totland. The Paladin sophomore shot a 3-under par 69 to set up a final round shoot-out between teammates.
In the final round Totland shot a 4-under par 68 to claim the individual title over Chen by 4-shots.
“Taylor and Alice were the top two players in the league coming into the championship, but I am so proud of them for their 1-2 finish. It was exciting to watch them battle it out,” said the Furman coach.
The Lady Paladins placed all five players in the top 17 of the event. Reona Hirai finished in a tie for ninth place. Valentina Romero tied for 13th place while Laura DeMarco finished 17th.
The Lady Paladins also brought home all the individual awards from the SoCon tournament. Hester was named the SoCon Coach of the Year, Chen was named the Freshman of the Year and Totland was named the Player of the Year.
The 26th ranked Lady Paladins will now wait until April 27th to find out their regional assignment in the NCAA Tournament. The announcement will be made on The Golf Channel’s Golf Central.
Photos courtesy of Furman Golf
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